The extra-curricular provision in the Performing Arts is, in the words of The Tatler Magazine’s Good Schools Guide in 2014, “Superlative”. We have seven school choirs as well as small singing ensembles, a symphony orchestra, strings orchestra, jazz orchestra and concert band with many small instrumental groups and junior ensembles. Our musicians perform in concerts throughout the year at school, in local venues and venues further afield. There is a Senior Musical or Play every year and a Junior Musical every other year. We have several major annual Dance events including the Year 7 Cross Curricular Dance Project, Year 8’s Strictly Come Dancing Final and a Contemporary Dance Show. Drama, Music and Dance are fiercely-fought House competitions and every member of the school competes.
“I go to technical theatre and I love it because I adore controlling the lights and sound desks.”Max Brazier, Year 7 (2014)
We believe in setting very high expectations for performance and our production values are always impressive. We perform with original sets, live student and professional orchestras and innovative lighting in our school theatre. Being involved in the Arts at Borlase for pupils and staff is very special. The most enthusiastic and talented people inspire each other, generating creative energy and producing excellent work while having great fun.”
“I enjoy the Junior Choir, I’d never sung before going to Borlase but got the opportunity to sing a solo at Christmas in All Saints Church.”Callum Kuncher, Year 7
We are very proud of the achievements of our students. We have pupils who are members of the National Youth Orchestra and Choir and the National Youth Theatre as well as many who perform at county level. We have several students each year who perform in the West End, recently in Oliver!, Matilda and one of our pupils is the lead in Billy Elliot. Old Borlasians have progressed to some of the most prestigious institutions in this country and beyond; we have many former students who have successful careers in the arts and many, many more who simply continue to enjoy the arts as an essential escape from their busy professional lives.
“I love all the performing arts at Borlase like choir and musical theatre club because I love performing on stage and boosting my confidence.”Isabel Murray, Year 7
The Rock and Acoustic Scene at Borlase is vibrant; pupils from surrounding schools join our pupils to support the many Borlase bands who perform original compositions as well as interpretations of covers. Rocktober is an annual event and one of our most popular music concerts is the summer open-air rock and acoustic night where parents, staff and pupils picnic on the school grounds and watch bands perform on the outdoor stage.
Writing Poetry and Plays is encouraged in the English Department as well as by Performing Arts and there are annual competitions for pupils in these genres. We have recently developed a new tradition of chairing the Bard, crowning our winning poet in a beautiful oak chair made for us by one of our Year 13 students influenced by Celtic Bardic chairs.